An audacious proposed development of rural land through which NCR8’s Lon Menai runs has provoked rage from walkers and cyclists alike.
The Daily Post reports that the backers behind the scheme are proposing to develop a leisure park on the Plas Brereton and Plas Ty Coch estates situated on the Menai Strait side of the A487 on the outskirts of Caernarfon. The developers have expressed a wish to buy the former rail line, now an important section of National Cycle Route 8 running through the project, and diverting the route to run along the main road between Bangor and Caernarfon.(See A,B, and C on this Promap)
The undertaking is linked with other developments in the area, not least £16m restoration of Plas Glynllifon, on the other side of Caernarfon, into a luxury hotel.
This new proposal plans an expansive leisure facility by restoring the currently derelict properties and erecting low density luxury holiday lodges , The plans include manor house restoration and conversion, erection of low density luxury holiday lodges, quayside development to provide additional moorings and outbuildings, with a seafood restaurant with inevitable land committed to the movement and parking of cars.
.The project on the new site will include a 100 bedroom hotel with a pool, spa, restaurants and bars and housing on the banks of the Menai Strait and further housing on grassland between Plas Brereton and the quay.Under the scheme derelict Plas Ty Coch would be restored into luxury period apartments with low density housing in the grounds of the mansion and the restoration of walled and formal gardens.
Reflecting the alarm of the many who use this route for both leisure and commuting Roy Spilsbury Local Representative for CyclingUK, in a report to the Daily Post stated ‘
The developers behind the proposal to construct a substantial holiday complex at Plas Brereton, Plas Ty Coch, and the adjacent Menai Strait foreshore at Caernarfon, and thereby extinguish and divert the National Cycle Trail onto a busy highway, are correct in assuming this will be controversial.